No doubt THE MURDER ROOM is one of the best classic mysteries I have listened to to date. The characters were more interesting than the mystery though interesting also. The listener should put a little energy in listening to this book. Idle listening will get you lost. In other words... DON'T BLINK! Jame's best yet!
P.D. James is wonderful,yet again. Her books keep you riveted from the first to the last. This one had a few unexpected twists near the end that were great!
P.D. James is incomparable at setting the stage and atmosphere for both plot and scene. In this book, as with her other mysteries, she spends a great deal of the time introducing characters outside of the plot. Her gift is that her character studies are woven so completely that the reader rarely notices that the plot hasn't progressed. My only complaint is Dalgliesh's romantic turn in this novel. Although in character and covered relatively briefly, it seemed somehow as if the mystery was merely an aside to the romance.
Some years ago there were a series of Adam Dalgliesh mysteries on TV. I watched and enjoyed those shows but don't remember reading any of the books before now. I'm happy that I decided to revisit the series in book form.
The start of the book may seem "slow". The first part of the book introduces the reader to the characters involved in the murder. The writing is excellent. It gives the reader information about potential "suspects" and paints a vivid image of the setting and the characters who might be the murderer.
The narration by Charles Keating is excellent. I prefer narrators who use their talent to enhance the story rather than "show off" their acting skills. Keating does this perfectly.
As soon as I finished this book I ordered another one and am about half way through that book. I feel sure that I will listen to these books more than once and discover new things each time I listen. The author wrote 14 Adam Dalgliesh mysteries before her death in 2014. I intend to read as many as are available.
I've never read a PD James book because they are so detailed -- to sit in once place and just read it doesn't work. But the audio I enjoy b/c I'm exercising or doing errands and it keeps me entertained. I can see, though, why some reviews are so negative. If I'm correct the murder doesn't happen until after four hours of listening to numerous biographical sketches of some depressing and not very likeable people. But once she gets to writing the actual detective story, i enjoyed it.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book but then I wasn't surprised as I think PD James' books are great. It was well read and in keeping with the book's atmosphere. If you like British whodunits then you'll love this one.
Excellent book; just as good as the other PD James books. Great mystery, I did not want to stop listening. The reader was excellent in performing the various characters and expressing the mood of the story. I am looking forward to the next PD James book.
For those of you that remember the old Agatha Christie mysteries this one will bring back memories of those bygone eras. However, the Adam Dagliesh mysteries are as up to date as can be. While this novel is very British by nature it is definitely a 21 century work, with current sexual mores playing an important role. The reader adds an essential element to the story with perfectly depicted British accents that are molded to the strata of society that the character belongs to. Try this one I'm sure that you'll like it.
P.D. James is one of my very favorite authors, her stories are complicated and intelligent, but not burdened with lots of bad language or graphic descriptions of violence. I did think this book was weaker than her other books. I thought most of the characters were shallow and belligerent, the ones that weren't were hardly used. The narration was dull, I had difficulty telling the characters apart occasionally. The last chapter on the Commander's private life was oddly unsatisfying. I've always left the other books wanting more information on Dalgliesh's life outside of the office, but once I was given it, I was sorry I'd asked. It didn't seem to fit and it had the feel of a Cary Grant movie. Given the age of the author, I was left wondering if she wanted to tie up some loose ends with the Commander. If you are a fan already, you will like it, but overall, I was only *satisfied* with it.
James gives us orginanal, well developes characters in a lushous setting. She unfoldes her plot with painstaking care. Every nuance adding to the beautiful picture she paints.
John Keating reads the book spledidly, giving voice to manyy accents. Hiis reading just tops it off perfectly.
Please give us more D.D. James